The NCAA has awarded more than $2.1 million in grants to nine Division I schools to support academic programs that help student-athletes earn their degrees. Three HBCUs received single-year grants totaling over $190,000.
The recipients of the Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grants include Lamar University ($900,000), Weber State ($667,711), Cal State Fullerton ($138,590) and UT Arlington ($120,000). All four are multiyear grants.
Recipients of Accelerating Academic Success Program Initiatives Grants include Saint Peter’s ($100,000), Texas Southern ($86,500), Norfolk State ($75,000), Idaho State ($55,000) and Alabama State ($29,351). All five are single-year grants.
The grants help schools improve the academic success of their student-athletes. The goal is to support the schools’ efforts to meet the requirements of the Division I Academic Performance Program, which was developed to ensure schools provide an environment that supports education while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.
Schools eligible to apply for the program are non-Football Bowl Subdivision schools in Division I.
The comprehensive grants will be distributed over a three-year period and used to fund increased academic support services staffing and space; technology upgrades (software and hardware); career planning; professional development; and increased availability of summer financial aid for student-athletes.
The announced awards mark the sixth round of Accelerating Academic Success Program funding distributed by the NCAA.